By earning a Master of Arts in Family Ministry degree online, you will gain skills to create a biblically and theologically grounded family ministry within a church or parachurch.
Take your ministry to the next level and prepare for a role as a children’s or youth pastor, family ministry pastor, NextGen pastor or director of family ministries. While answering your calling to serve families, our master’s in family ministry online program will allow you to explore how to help families celebrate successes and overcome challenges through all phases of life. As the complexities of our culture evolve, ministry becomes more challenging for those helping families through difficult situations. Through our program’s convenient online format, you’ll be able to study at your own pace while learning from experienced faculty who are dedicated to academic excellence and the Christian faith.
As you build a strong foundation in ministerial leadership, you will also explore the needs of families and the various principles within family ministry. Our master’s in family ministry online degree teaches:
- Family systems theory and how to incorporate it into your ministry
- Developmental phases of both individuals and families
- Leadership, group dynamics and organizational structures as related to family ministry
- Family ministry models and leadership practices
- Intricacies of marriage and family within a Christian context, specifically gender and human sexuality
- Cultural trends that challenge families at home, school, church and within society
- Connecting one’s experiences regarding their faith, spiritual conflicts and relationships
- Ministry to families with special needs and using introductory methods of crisis intervention and pastoral care
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. SEU’s School of Divinity is an associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is pursuing accreditation from ATS.
Courses and Requirements
The master’s in family ministry online program consists of 36 credits, including 21 devoted to core courses and 15 focused on family ministry principles.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s master’s in family ministry program must have:
- A bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher from a regionally accredited college or university
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 5233 Managing Change and Conflict An examination of the dynamics of leading congregations through the various phases of church life, especially as difficult situations arise. The course will also examine methods of dealing with difficult people and situations of conflict arising from church life and church growth. Issues related to fairness, compromise, conciliation, and cooperation will be addressed. 3 PMIN 5213 Homiletics: Methods of Biblical Preaching/Teaching This class is designed to assist beginning and veteran preachers in the development of exegetical skills appropriate for effective preaching and teaching in the local church. An emphasis will be placed on the nature, method, variety, and importance of preaching from the Bible. Emphasis will also be placed on the practical implementation of theory by requiring full development of a series of sermons and/or curriculum plan. 3 THEO 5503 Shape of Practical Theology This course covers critical issues related to questions about the nature of God's presence in everyday life. It develops a foundation for practical theology based on fundamental issues by defining dilemmas for study, developing a dialogue with pertinent sources, formulating and implementing reasonable intentions for resolving those dilemmas, and assessing the application of those intentions. Thsi will involve theololgical reflection on th unique issues which arise in the maor spheres of home, church, academy, and workplace. 3 THEO 5533 Graduate Systematic Theology I This course acquaints students with the foundational belief structures of Christian faith in relation to the Pentecostal theological tradition. Major doctrines such as theological method, the doctrine of God, revelation, scripture, sin, the person and work of Christ, and the nature of faith will be investigated. 3 THEO 5543 Graduate Systematic Theology II This introductory course continues to acquaint students with the foundational belief structures of Christian faith in relation to the Pentecostal theological tradition. Major doctrines such as the doctrine of salvation, sanctification, the Holy Spirit, the church and the last things will be investigated. 3 BIBL 5223 Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration A study of the development and expression of biblical exegesis and exposition in relation to the contemporary social, cultural, family and faith issues confronting Christians in the North American church. Selected biblical passages will be analyzed in light of their message and potential influence on important contemporary issues impacting the local church. 3 PMIN 5353 Spirit-Empowered Discipleship This course surveys contemporary Pentecostal approaches and challenges to Christian spiritual formation. It offers a review of the biblical foundations and traditional Pentecostal practices or disciplines for a deeper spirituality. In addition it addresses various methodologies and challenges for spiritual formation within the student's particular missional context. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 5023 Family Dynamics and Ministry An examination of the foundational concepts of family systems theory and its necessary integration in ministry. This course will also explore the developmental life cycles of individuals and families and the life cycles of singles. 3 PMIN 5063 Family Ministry Leadership This course is a study of ministry theory and practice examining leadership, group dynamics, and organizational structures as they apply to family ministry. Learners will assess the needs of families, family ministry models and leadership cultures and how to engage their transitory nature. Biblical, theological, and historical considerations will be addressed. This course contains a supervised ministry component. 3 PMIN 5033 Topics in Sexuality, Marriage and Family This course examines the dynamics of marriage and family within a Christian context. An emphasis will be placed on issues of gender and human sexuality. 3 PMIN 5053 Bridging Ministry and Culture This course is a study of the cultural trends which present opportunities and challenges for families as they function in home, school, church, and society. Specifically, we will explore techniques to bridge experiences regarding their faith journeys, spiritual struggles, and relationships. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the developmental processes of children and adults and the challenge of ministering to multiple generations. 3 PMIN 5043 Crisis Intervention and Pastoral Care This course equips leaders to engage introductory processes of crisis intervention and pastoral care. An emphasis will be placed on ministering to families with special needs. 3
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$495 per credit hour||$17,820|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.Learn More
After completing our family ministry degree online, you will be equipped with the skills needed to pursue various careers, including:
- Youth Pastor
- Early Childhood Pastor
- Children's Pastor
- Family Ministry Pastor
- Director of Family Ministries
- NextGen Pastor
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- Undergraduate students may be eligible for federal grants through financial aid, which do not have to be repaid. However, not all undergraduate students will receive federal grants. We also offer payment plan options to spread the cost over a few months. Once you apply, you'll have access to a tuition planner, who will work with you to determine the best financial plan. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
Benefits of Learning Online
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